When apple season rolls around, one of my family’s favorite dishes is homemade applesauce. It doesn’t last long around here and everyone agrees it’s better than store-bought. Applesauce is easy to make, tastes great, loved by kids, and a healthy addition to any meal or snack. Apples are a good source of fiber and low in calories, sodium, and fat.

How To Make Homemade Chunky Applesauce - Easy to make at home, delicious, and makes a healthy addition to any meal or snack.

There are hundreds of varieties available: crisp, soft, sweet, tart, large, small, red, green, and even golden. Which ever apple you choose you can’t go wrong. You can use a mix of apple varieties in your sauce for an even better flavor – in my opinion.  If you like it with just one variety, that’s awesome too!

How to Make Applesauce - Use up those fall apples by making delicious homemade chunky applesauce! It's easy and delicious.

For this recipe I use peeled apples since we like chunky applesauce and I don’t run it through a food mill. My family likes it better and I think it’s easier to make. If you like smooth applesauce you can easily blend it all together in a food processor after it’s cooked. We like to eat it chilled, after the flavors have melded together a bit, but it’s good warm too. This recipe makes about 4 c., which fed my crew of six with no leftovers.

Homemade Chunky Applesauce - So easy to make at home. Delicious and with no added sugar!

This is a perfect recipe to get your kids involved and teach them some cooking skills. Younger children can help wash apples or mash the cooked apples. Older children can learn how to handle sharp knives and help with cutting and peeling. It’s an opportunity to encourage an interest in cooking real food. You’ll also get in some good conversation and bonding time with your child. That’s a definite plus!

Homemade Chunky Applesauce - So easy to make at home. Delicious and with no added sugar!

How to Make Applesauce

Homemade Chunky Applesauce is easy to make and delicious! Perfect for snacks, breakfast, or a light dessert. No added sugar option too!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Marie


  • 3 lb. apples about 10 apples
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. apple cider unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar if desired


  • Wash apples. Remove the core and peeling, then cut apples into quarters. Hint: for easier peeling you can try using a potato peeler.
  • Place cut apples in a bowl filled with water and a little lemon juice. This will help prevent the apples from browning while you prep them.
  • Drain the apples and move them to a large pan. Add water and apple cider. Bring to a boil using medium-high heat and stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for another 20 minutes or until apples are easily mashed with a fork. Be sure to check occasionally and stir to prevent scorching.
  • Remove from heat. Mash with a potato masher. Taste and add 1/2 tsp. cinnamon if desired. If you would like it a little sweeter you can add 1 Tbsp. of sugar at this time and then cook for 1-2 minutes more at medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat. Serve warm or chilled.

How do you like your applesauce – chunky or smooth? Do your kids help you in the kitchen?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Homemade Chunky Applesauce is easy to make and delicious! Perfect for snacks, breakfast, or a light dessert. No added sugar option too!

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  1. I use a mixture of Gala, Honecrisp, Red Delicious, and/or Fuji apples. I peel and core them, cut them up, throw them in a crockpot with a cinnamon stick and cook them on high for 2-3 hours. Dump them in a food processor and blend for a few minutes – and you have sugar-free, pure apple applesauce that tastes great!

    1. I have a friend who made apple butter in her crockpot and it always turned out great. I’m sure applesauce would work just as well – I might have to try that. I like your combination of apples. I like to Macintosh, Cortland, and Granny Smith. Thanks for visiting!

  2. I love you applesauce and your photo’s are just awesome! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Thanks for laying it out so easily! I’ve never made my own, but I really want to! By the way, your photos are GORGEOUS! Thanks for linking up to Let’s Get Real. Pinned!

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  5. Just made this and it’s sooo yummy *-* thank you for sharing this, but how long do you recon the sauce could be kept for? A week maybe?

    1. Katie – Ours doesn’t usually last long as my kids eat it about as fast as I can make it.:-) But it should be good for a week or so in the fridge. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much stopping!

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